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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Report: ESPN, NFL Network likely to do combined draft telecast

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ESPN and NFL Network traditionally do competing telecasts of the NFL Draft, but like many things about the event, it sounds like that will be different this year.

According to Peter King’s Football Morning in America column, there is a growing likelihood that the two networks will combine to do one draft telecast that will be simulcast on both networks. ESPN’s studio is likely to host the telecast, with key NFL Network talent contributing to it.

The reason is, as with everything else, due to the coronavirus pandemic. It would be viewed as socially responsible to cut down and do one broadcast. In addition, NFL Network’s studios in California and New Jersey will be shut down due to state orders.

Things are still in the planning stages and nothing is final. It’s one of many ways this year’s NFL Draft will be unlike any other, though not by choice.

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